The funniest - and shrewdest - politically-minded film of the year has arrived, and its name is Team America: World Police. Profane, offensive, and hilarious, it's hands-down the best puppet movie ever made.
On the other end of the spectrum, Taiwanese auteur Hou Hsiao-Hsien's latest - the poetic Café Lumière, screening at this year's New York Film Festival - is another one of the director's moving meditations on the relationship between the past and present.
You can find my incredibly thought-provoking reviews of both at Slant magazine.
And in addition, I've got reviews of four other Hou Hsiao-Hsien films - as well as a write-up of the awful 1986 thriller The Hitcher, starring C. Thomas Howell and Rutger Hauer - posted below. Enjoy.